An open letter to Imran Khan

Published: August 10, 2014
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We want a common man, a cricket icon, a sensitive son who dedicated a hospital to his mother, to be our prime minister and give us hope. PHOTO: FILE

We want a common man, a cricket icon, a sensitive son who dedicated a hospital to his mother, to be our prime minister and give us hope. PHOTO: FILE Quaid followed his vision which made a large number of people to support him blindly. He led and they followed. We believe that you have the vision needed to accomplish the goal of building a nation. PHOTO: FILE

Respected Sir,

Of all the leaders in the Pakistan today, we see you as having one thing in common with Quaid-e-Azam; purity in intention. We don’t want Quaid-e-Azam’s image to be a mere wall hanging, but a symbol of the true ‘Azadi’ that he and our ancestors strived for.

The freedom they intended to gain encompasses all that we Pakistanis need today. And this is enough for us to believe, once again, in faith, discipline and unity; the three roads that together will not only lead to the rebirth of a country, but a nation: Pakistan.

The Quaid did not overrule his decisions based on the overpowering suggestions of his companions. He followed his vision and this made a large number of people support him blindly. He led and they followed. We believe that you have the vision needed to accomplish the goal of building a nation. We need you to implement it in its true sense and not be vulnerable to mischievous ideas from anywhere; for the level to which our hope has risen, we as individuals cannot risk a fall.

A leader is one who doesn’t make popular decisions but whose decisions become popular. Many commentators were against your decision of changing the batting order in the final of the 1992 cricket World Cup, but you did it nonetheless. Had you not stood by your decision, things would have been different. I feel you are just what we need: a leader who has no ulterior motives, whose sons are most likely not going to be in politics and who is not simply paving the way for another dynastic power.

We as Muslims believe in the appearance of dajjal and how he will not be resisted.  We don’t want to be a part of those who stop resisting and become accustomed to accept things just as they are. We don’t want to be the generation that becomes habituated to corruption, persecution and slavery, the way our elders have. We want change. We need change.

We want you to set an example showing that one does not need to go down to the level of the corrupted in order to fix them. We want a common man, a cricket icon, a sensitive son who dedicated a hospital to his mother, to be our prime minister and give us hope. Hope that one day we can be a part of the government system to fix what has been damaged and solder the pieces to build a nation that is, in the true sense, the face of Islam, and a safe-haven for all minorities.

Pakistan is the global Islamic centre so you will have to face resistance from entities within and outside the country, for Pakistan’s prosperity will lead to the well-being of all Muslims around the globe. However, now that you have chosen to bring change, you have a responsibility to do so. It is the duty of all the leaders who are standing by your side to prevent you from falling into a trap.

We want you to give us a reason to stay in our motherland and not be a part of the brain-drain, to strive for its well-being and to look up to someone like you, our leader. We want Pakistan to benefit from our achievements. We know why to believe in you, but we want you to stay steadfast with your demands at every step and explain to us why you, Imran Khan, are the right man for the job.

The unavailability of social justice is one of the leading problems of our struggling nation. All those who have ruled over us have been inclined towards bringing superficial development, one that assists their election campaigns. We lack leadership that willingly works for the betterment of the people, and does not focus on maintaining the wealth of the leading rich families. We want health, education and our security to be the top priorities.

You have been a symbol of a positive ideological struggle. The consistency in your struggle is what makes you different from all the present day Pakistani leaders. We are showing our support by believing in you, because we see in you an element that we know Quaid-e-Azam had: commitment. It is now your responsibility to not let us down for now. You know what and who is at stake and how many rekindled lights of hope you will blow out if you fail to stand up for what you have made us believe in.

This letter has been addressed to you at a time when we believe you have the chance to bring change.

A committed member of the youth,

Marium Rasheed

Marium Rasheed

Marium Rasheed

An undergraduate student at LUMS, pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. She is interested in researching on Pakistan’s political and social crisis.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Well, you seem to be living in an imaginary world. What makes you think IK will be able to improve conditions in the country? Knowing how he keeps changing his demands and how he supported the militants, he’ll probably introduce shariah, which will ensure that you are never able to write in a newspaper again or even be allowed to venture out of your house alone, or hold a job. Get wise, this guy is an opportunist who is interested only in getting power for the sake of power. His party hasn’t performed well in KP, and his only purpose now is to destabilize the national government and somehow govern (or misgovern) the country. I wish I hadn’t voted for his party’s candidate in Karachi. By the way, one of his Karachi MPA’s was unseated because he had rigged the elections, so what moral right does IK have to accuse MNS of rigging?Recommend

  • naeem khan

    another youth under delusionRecommend

  • Carl

    This article sums up most of Pakistan’s problems. No critical thinking, just blind faith. You may as well have blind faith in flying teapots.Recommend

  • Warda Shafiq

    Dear Marium,
    You have expressed the true sentiment of youth of Pakistan..I along with others pray that our hope doesnt fall and we together make Pakistan a better place to live and work in.Recommend

  • Bure Wala

    You went too far, writerRecommend

  • Abby

    Very well written MariumRecommend

  • usman

    The writer has echoed exactly what i feel. I agree with every word of this piece :)Recommend

  • Sana

    Well done and well said. Only the educated understands why it is so important to save this nation from corrupt dynastic leaders. Recommend

  • Sangeen Ali

    Agree and keep your support up. we will resist, we will struggle and suffer but we will rise as the ultimate winner. Insha Allah.Recommend

  • K Alam

    well articulated, keep it upRecommend

  • http://thefailedrebel.blogspot.com The Failed Rebel

    Marium Rasheed! “Ban ker rahay ga naya Pakistan!”Recommend

  • Khalid Kamal

    Well said ……..Recommend

  • Taimoor Khan

    Brilliant article.Recommend

  • Muhammad Nadeem Sarwar

    excellentRecommend

  • areeb

    Hypes & hopes. I unarguably agree you calling him QA reborn, still there’re quests about QA. Not to compare but imagining post #AzadiMarchPTI scenario if “all hell broke loose” (God forbid)Recommend

  • Junaid Jatoi

    The matters of this state and severity of the ordeal its going through can
    not be compared to any cricket match… I agree that he was an excellent
    cricket player, and a good captain, but not fit to lead the country, and has rightfully earned the title of “UTurn Khan”Recommend

  • sam

    Nice blog, but in prevailing situation I would suggest PTI should form a complaint cell where names of those Police officers, bureaucrats and other officials involve in state terrorism be registered and PTI should announce that they will be terminated from service for following illegal orders after resignation of PMLn from government.

    If any private property is used or destroyed by state, people should immediately register their claims in PTI complaint cells, so that they could be compensated.Recommend

  • Zawarmas

    So true.Recommend

  • Ahmed Wahaj

    A good article. She expresses what IK means to the youth. He is not some religious leader a peer that ppl follow blindly he has an ideological support because he represents an endless struggle against the status co. He may loose a few battles along the way but he will never loose this war !Recommend

  • PakSal

    Agree to all of the above.

    Go PTI, IK for PMRecommend

  • Faulitics

    “Pakistan is the global Islamic centre so you will have to face resistance from entities within and outside the counter”

    :-). Only in the eyes of pakistanis and global terrorists.Recommend

  • Hamza

    Pakistan is the global Islamic Centre? How?

    Pakistan’s prosperity will lead to well-being of Muslims all over the world? I dont think so

    Utter crap article!Recommend

  • Mohsin

    Very emotional…………
    Yes you are right we have high hopes from IK. But PTI performance in KP is below par which disappointed many of us.Recommend

  • stevenson

    Sorry to say Imran Khan is hardly worthy to become the Prime Minister. He could have served as an effective opposition leader, lead by example and build a stable KPK but instead he has descended to the level of another common Tahirul Qadri. I am sure Quaid I Azam would be disgusted by the grandstanding and wasted energy of Imran Khan. In the midst of the operations again anti state criminals in FATA, the country needs to be united and firm but Imran Khan is too obsessed with his personal agenda and not the country. PS used to support PTI and have voted for him again after the current government’s term expired but no more. Imran Khan can’t let another person fulfill their term so why should anyone let him fulfill a term in office. I am just disgusted that our politicians can’t grow up and place the country first instead of their egos lRecommend

  • lololol

    thankyou et for censoring my comments. shame on youRecommend

  • S Hashmi

    Insha ‘Allah. I’m one proud supporter who has had a chance to vote only once in Pakistan – back in 1997. Even at that time, I voted for Imran Khan. What I see in Imran Khan is honesty, fearless leadership and faith in God. May Allah protect him and give him success in his mission.Recommend

  • Kamran

    The writer needs to read Imran Khans past then talk about IslamRecommend

  • Muhammad Ishfaq

    So wait another 4 years pleaseRecommend

  • Kamran Usman

    A very good article. I agree that IK is far from perfect and has a fair share of power hungry crooks in his team, but he also has the largest share of patriotic Pakistanis genuinely wanting to make Pakistan a better place to live for its people and that is why I support PTI.Recommend

  • asdf

    Young and idealistic, Hope is good but its better when its within the boundaries of reality, not in imaginary future or in a prince charming in shining armour to rescue from the curse and the dargon.
    In a fictional world , like the state’s narrative of history, Jinnah would have been the perfect hero but the real history paints a different picture.
    Deep rooted issues cannot be solved through wishful thinking or even in a short timeframe. They require a lot of effort which in practical terms might take a few decades. And first order of business might be to take religion of out of it all. Islam has been defamed enough , it has been used enough to persecute the minorities, it has been used enough to wage wars on neighbouring countries. Its time to let the religion go, so that someone who understands it might be its torchbearer but then again without a shallow understanding and superficial following of Islam who wud the muslims be.Recommend

  • Yousaf Haque

    A very aspirational letter to Khan but has put entire burden of responsibility on one person.He will only succeed if each one of us does his part of work with complete diligence and sense of honest contribution towards the betterment of the countryRecommend

  • Akeb R

    “We don’t want to be a part of those who stop resisting and become accustomed to accept things just as they are”
    You raise a great point!!Its mind boggling how this nation has become accustomed to tyrannical, oppressive rulers.Recommend

  • doc tipu

    Wow, great emotion behind the powerful lines! fully agreed. IK, we are with you!Recommend

  • M Sohail Rafiq

    The qualities explained for Iman Khan in the blog are the expectations of the writer. She could not quat a proof. Khan could not bring an acceptable change in his governing Provence. He Claimed the enemies as the own people and distorted the passion of the people people of Pakistan to celebrate the independence day. Recommend

  • James Malish

    No point in writing any letter to Imran khan, open or otherwise.
    Every where, usually, sportsmen are famous but generally not very bright.Recommend

  • Syed Hasan

    Totally agree with you Marium…Recommend

  • A Khan

    what and how has he delivered in KP?Recommend

  • Ubaid Niaz

    bringing change via creating havoc..c’mon.. do u think Pakistan can afford that? I was once PTI but felt disgusted with stupid approach towards our country. It will serve no good when u prepare a mob and launch against country’s institutions and ironically you are all part of it.

    Serving in the provincial government which by the way you could never as PML N won by majority ( I am not a PML N fan either ). But look at the dire consequences, many innocents will lose their lives and tax payers money they’re wasting on this crap. Now lot of us will come to this point that others are doing worst, yes they’re but are you doing any good? unfortunately no.

    think about the common masses and help in forming the system rather than destroying it. And because of this faltering economy will fall prey to bail out and this whole loan cycle will start over again??

    there should be focus on kpk and to improve it and then think about doing something. You’ve already lost your vote bank because of your hate speeches which reflects you’re still naive.Recommend

  • Tahir

    Excellent analysis. May Allah help Imran Khan in builiding of new Paksitan.Recommend

  • Imran Khan

    Thank you miss charming for this piece!Recommend

  • Faizan

    Oh Wow… I’m not sure if I should laugh at the purely naive nature or be completely insulted by this article. Did you actually imply that IK can be the next Jinnah? Wow.. Sorry I have no words left to say to this.Recommend

  • Ahmed

    InshAllah Imran Khan will make our dream come true, Ameen.Recommend

  • Goher

    This is what I feel for Pakistan and Imran Khan, Insha Allah our prayers will be heared and we will see Naya Pakistan.Recommend

  • Javeria

    Great article !
    I trust Imran Khan, he is the only one who can deliver.Recommend

  • Ali Insafian

    What an awesome piece! Almost brought me to tears…with the help of God and fellow Pakistanis, InshaAllah he will indeed make a Naya Pakistan.Recommend

  • asif

    So who is worthy? Nawaz Sharif? Shahbaz Sharif? Hamza Shahbaz? Maryam Nawaz? Asif Zradari? Bilawal?
    You got to be kidding!!Recommend

  • a.p

    offcourse eclected by people who are you to judge they are unworthyRecommend

  • mazhar

    Well wake up man. Pakistan cannot afford this . Pakistan cannot afford that. Pakistan is going through the tough period. Democracy should go on. You want your children to hear the same thing or want some change. Atleast vote for someone new. We will see if they can’t deliver and follow the same path. we will kick them out in the next electionRecommend

  • A

    You are so funny, or just ignorant?Recommend

  • Prashant

    “Pakistan is the global Islamic centre so you will have to face resistance from entities within and outside the country, for Pakistan’s prosperity will lead to the well-being of all Muslims around the globe.”

    This is being said by an engineering student from probably the most reputed university in Pakistan and it makes me wonder what would be the opinion of a common Pakistani of their national identity.

    Please tell me other than the Pakistanis which other Muslim country has conferred your country with the title of ” Shahenshah-E-Islam” and what is your logic behind saying that the well being of the 180 million Muslims of Pakistan will lead to the well being of around a billion Muslims, what would be the status of minorities in a country which is more concerned about leading the Islamic world without being able to lead itself.

    That is a fantasy for people who can afford bread and butter and a joke for those who are struggling to feed their children.

    Fantasy gives a human imaginary pleasure and not in real and hence stop selling it to others and sedating your population.

    Good luck to you for your future endeavours.Recommend

  • Mohsin

    I agree but I am hopeful that as democracy matures this attitude shall be change.Recommend

  • Hamza

    Dear ET Moderators,
    Would you stop omitting my words and cutting my comments in half?!
    Sincerely,
    A Pissed Off UserRecommend

  • Prashant

    Faith in Taliban is not necessarily faith in God.Recommend

  • Prashant

    There are people shedding tears on another blog on how Nawaz Shariff will make Pakistan an Islamic superpower…Recommend

  • Zubaria

    i myself have voted for PTI last year. But how immaturely he is handling the situation . its just a crap he is doing . PML N will go , OK … right . if it will go then will he ruling government ? . I don’t think so that even he has the vision to run the affairs maturely, He mush have to focus on KPK and bring it some better place .

    I am not quite in favor of PML N , but this childish act of him is not well done either .Recommend

  • LRBC

    Its a sweet letter but comments like ‘Pakistan is the global Islamic centre…for Pakistan’s prosperity will lead to the well-being of all Muslims around the globe’ shows a great distance from reality and so one wonders about the rest of the content and perhaps even the confidence she has in a man that has so far lead a cricket team and some rallies…Recommend

  • Solomon2

    “We don’t want to be the generation that becomes habituated to corruption, persecution and slavery, the way our elders have. We want change. We need change. We want you to set an example showing that one does not need to go down to the level of the corrupted in order to fix them. We want a common man, a cricket icon, a sensitive son who dedicated a hospital to his mother, to be our prime minister and give us hope.”

    No one man, no one reformer, can be all things to all people. Is one Imran Khan enough? Wouldn’t it be better to have a dozen Imran Khans, all in peaceful democratic competition with one another, each vying for support of the populace? Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Samo

    I am sure , PTI is a confused political party. Imran Khan has created havoc but we all know Tsunami will be vanished very soon. They have no Idea on linguistic grounds PML(N) and PPP can bring large number of their supporters into the streets than what will he do? , so it is the need of the hour let this Government complete its tenure , if you believe in democracy than try to prove your majority in elections rather than paid concerts , kindly show your maturity and have mercy on us , we rejects ambitions of PTIRecommend

  • Ubaid Niaz

    that you can check from kpk as well… to introduce anything in the market on commercial scale you do prototype testing first… you don’t launch it straight away and make changes after that… Its time to wake up :)Recommend

  • Maria

    An open letter to Imran Khan, think about the country and stop trying to undue the work done by another government because you couldn’t do anything in KPK! Recommend

  • asif

    Elected by people?? Which people?? If this is what they elect then to hell with democracy! Recommend

  • paracha

    What was at the end pakistan winning great achievment and then on the podium imran using the cermony not to be dedicated to pakistan or not even talked about players or country all was talk about fullfilling his personal achievment[shaukat khanum no doubt a nobel cause] but personal one used on the platform of pakistan. Misuse of power and what exactly is pti misuse of power and fullfilling imran personal agenda instead of thinking about pakistan.Recommend

  • mazhar

    Well anybody with limited intelligence who is following the media can say and feel anti IK news is on the rise.(blogs ,editorials, live programs) for real info go and ask common KPK people. electronic media , print media is not the source of PTI’s information nowadays.Recommend

  • SamSal

    Talk for yourself, lady!
    Instead of ‘we’, use ‘I’!!Recommend

  • mazhar

    the voice of 17 crores 75 lac people out of 18 crore people!Recommend

  • AbdulQadeer Muhammad

    its useless to comment anything associated with cricket khan who hasnt proven himself.Recommend

  • ABC

    Writer showed his personal concerns with IK. But I believe that, our rules (LAW) demand IK to wait for 4 years and keep developing KPK. Moreover, he can play his role as opposition leader and criticize government for any corruption or wrong doings (If any). Decision of electoral rigging can only be made through Election Tribunals. This is what we called “SPORTS MAN-SHIP”.:)Recommend

  • Naseer

    @Marium..wonderful article written..truly you expressed feelings of youth and off course good suggestion for IK that he should believe in himself rather than taking advises from others whose intentions may be controversial…Recommend

  • Amyn Virani

    yes. the voice of 18 crore people should decide who is to lead the country. but do they really get to decide? did the pakistan people decide in 2013 elections? or did PML-N decided themselves?Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    “…….solder the pieces to build a nation that is, in the true sense, the face of Islam, and a safe-haven for all minorities.”

    “…….Pakistan’s prosperity will lead to the well-being of all Muslims around the globe.” How? Most muslims around the globe are already in much better shape than Pakistanis.

    Will you please care to elaborateRecommend

  • Hameedullah

    And still she manages to throw dajjal in there. Believes that we are the “face” of islam and prosperity of muslims around the globe depends on prosperity of Pakistanis. Yeah not blind at all and very “logical”.Recommend

  • Maria

    You don’t get democracy do you? I want Nawaz Sharif since he is going to build more motorways and infrastructure which only he seems capable of doing. To you only your vote seems to matter to you. The majority of Pakistanis voted for Nawaz Sharif whether you like it or not. Stomach that and your problems will be gone. Hate him all you want and work to vote him out in the next elections but spare us the theatrics of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan.Recommend

  • hamza

    v good article and dnt care wht haters comment cause they hav some real problms otherwise they wont be paid 500 rupees ;p
    awsum article (Y)Recommend